Reviews and Problems with Philips GoGear Muse SA3MUS08
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Philips GoGear Muse Review
31 January 2011
Excerpt: The GoGear Muse by Philips is a no-frills touchscreen media player. It plays music and movies, and it plays them pretty darned well. Philips incorporates...
Pros: If you’re looking for a perfect alternative to the iPod Touch, then this is not it. If you’re looking for a basic, no-frills version of the iPod Touch, then that’s what GoGear Muse offers. Also, you’re not going to find an FM Tuner, expandable memory, HDMI output for 720p video, and superior sound quality on an iPod. Muse is easy to load up with media, and being able to use it in USB disk mode is a bonus. Overall, it’s a great device for someone who is not already use...
Excerpt: The Philips GoGear Muse (SA2MUS16S) is an MPEG4 player that looks to offer a range of features without breaking the bank. The Muse is lovingly crafted from brushed metal so it looks fantastic, but does the rest of the package deliver?
Pros: Build quality, format support, external microSD card support, HDMI
Excerpt: The Philips GoGear Muse is an exceptionally smart-looking portable music and video player. It has a big, sharp touchscreen display and a beautiful brushed-metal chassis that fits neatly into a pocket.
Excerpt: Compared to its closest rivals, the Philips GoGear Muse is a slightly different take on the media portable format. The Philips is a large device, with a 400 x 240, three-inch screen, but the landscape-only layout is a curious choice as our instinct is to turn it around.
Pros: Bigger screen than rivals, extensive file compatibility, plays iPlayer downloads, simple, smooth interface, good performance
Cons: Landscape design and button layout won’t be for everyone, awkward headphone jack connection
Excerpt: The Philips Muse runs Songbird – very good software indeed. This program can gather content from a number of others, including iTunes, and as long as it's not DRM protected, will automatically convert it to one of its compatible formats.
Pros: Nice looks and solid build, (mini) HDMI output, very good software
Cons: Lacks audio and video sparkle, operation isn’t as slick as it could be
Summary: Unlike many of the current crop of PMPs, the latest addition to Philips' GoGear range doesn't invite swiping, prodding or any other physical interaction. Shunning touchscreen tech on its 16:9 QVGA screen, the Dutch maestro is instead looking to tempt sonic connoisseurs with the promise of digital noise-cancelling and a wealth of format support.